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Russia name Stanislav Cherchesov to coach World Cup team

Leonid Slutsky
Leonid Slutsky's Russia tenure ended after a dismal Euro 2016 performance.

MOSCOW -- Stanislav Cherchesov is the new coach of Russia ahead of their home World Cup in 2018, after a disastrous performance in the European Championship ended predecessor Leonid Slutsky's tenure.

The Russian Football Union announced the appointment on Thursday. Board member Igor Lebedev told the state Tass news agency that Cherchesov was under contract until August 2018 and had been given a target of reaching the World Cup semifinals.

Cherchesov said he wasn't overawed by the demands of a home...

Russia's World Cup organiser 'concerned' at stadium dispute

MOSCOW -- A Russian official in charge of overseeing the 2018 World Cup said Friday that he is "concerned" about a dispute at a stadium in St. Petersburg which threatens to disrupt preparations.

The St. Petersburg city government is trying to replace the main contractor for its already-delayed 68,000-seat arena, prompting speculation in Russian media that the resulting disruption could force organisers to move next year's Confederations Cup from the city.

Organising committee CEO Alexei Sorokin told...

Russian doping scandal could harm sports minister Mutko

Vitaly Mutko, Russian Sports Minister
Vitaly Mutko is Russia's top official at FIFA and head of the local organizing committee for the 2018 World Cup.

GENEVA -- The fallout from Russia's state-backed cheating at the Sochi Olympics could add pressure on Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who also is the country's top official at FIFA and head of the local organizing committee for the 2018 World Cup.

His status was unclear on Monday after Russian President Vladimir Putin said all officials directly implicated in a World Anti-Doping Agency inquiry report will be suspended.

The alleged conspiracy to ensure doped Russian athletes helped their nation win...

Russia president Vladimir Putin orders faster stadium construction

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The stadium in St Petersburg has been in construction for almost a decade.

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium, which is scheduled to host matches during the 2018 World Cup, including a semifinal.

In a decree published Monday on the Kremlin's website, Putin said the stadium -- provisionally named Zenit Arena -- and other infrastructure must be built on time.

The stadium in Russia's second-largest city has been in construction for almost a decade, and St. Petersburg City...

Russian hooligans plan to cause 'significant fear' at World Cup - report

A Russian Cup match between Shinnik Yaroslavl and Spartak Moscow had to be halted for around half an hour after crowd disorder amongst fans

LYON, France -- Russian hooligan groups are planning to cause "significant fear" at the 2018 World Cup following violent attacks and racist behavior at the European Championship, anti-discrimination organisation the Fare Network has warned.

In a report analysing cases of racism and discrimination at Euro 2016, the UEFA-affiliated Fare Network says fans of eight of the 24 teams at the tournament, including England, were involved in discriminatory incidents in and around stadiums.

The incidents range...